How to Remove Rust Stains From Tub

crafts 05.21.15
Although this is not our area of expertise, we thought we'd pass on this information that was tested by our employees. They are always talking about their own home repairs and we thought this was an interesting topic and solution.

Rust in the bathroom is usually the result of two related situations. Either iron-containing metals in your bathroom fixtures have begun to rust OR your mineral-rich water supply contains iron particles and has begun to stain areas where water runs. This happens even with a porcelain tub as two of our employees found out.

Bleach and Tilex made the rust stains worse and they sparked another chemical reaction, creating more rust stains on the non-skid surface on the tub floor. Other products that either made things worse or didn't work at all: Lysol, toilet bowl cleansers, Soft Scrub, Goof Off, Awesome, Comet, Simple Green, Mean Green, Magic Eraser and CLR,

However, we found 2 things that really worked: Clorox2 and Hydrogen Peroxide. The Clorox2 worked best and required less scrubbing. Just pour either product on the stain and let it sit. Then scour gently with a damp sponge and rinse. If the stains are really bad you may have to repeat the process twice.

  • Karen
    Karen Oakley, MI
    @Sandy, My almost-new toilet had a blue ring for a couple years and tried everything to get rid of it. I made sure not to use any blue product and after a year or so, the ring was gone, just from normal cleaning.
    • Sandy M
      @ Karen I never thought that it could be the products themselves. Maybe the dye used? If whink isn't blue maybe I could just start using that. Everyone seems to be singing it's
  • Nancy Jenkins
    Clorox 2 is it the powder or liquid?Do I use with or by self with hydrogen peroxide? My tub has been stained since before I bought house, old claw tub. Want to clean it up.
  • Karen Kay Babineaux
    I use Cameo Cleanser on everything remarkably wonderful stuff! Pots & pans shine ect... "love it!" Best Cleanser in the world....
  • Tina
    Tina Columbia City, IN
    I agree that Whink is an amazing product. Wear gloves. After a while it makes your hands burn.
  • Nancy Jenkins
    Well I tried the hydrogen peroxide, saw a little bit of change. I will try Clorox 2 next. This has been on claw tub even before I bought the little house.
  • Patti Swartzel
    Patti Swartzel Monclova, OH
    Will Whink work inside a white dishwasher?
  • Getitgirl Michigan
    Getitgirl Michigan White Lake, MI
    I've cleaned houses for a living. I either use Whink or Barkeepers Friend.
  • Helen Melanson
    Helen Melanson Lancaster, MA
    I've never heard of Whink, I will have to get it!
  • Des Statler
    Des Statler Warsaw, IN
    I use SnO BOL, toilet bowl cleaner, for all rust problems, ,sinks , tubs, shower, toilet, , it's non toxic , not hard on your hands, , works great. ..
  • Gloria Ross
    Gloria Ross Shell Knob, MO
    Whink sounds great. I have been using The Works on toilet bowls. Works great too. Will have to try whink. Thanks for sharing.
  • Diana Proulx
    Diana Proulx Red Lake Falls, MN
    I use KRC7 found at Plumbing stores. Mix 1/2 and 1/2 Made by Chemique. It work great
  • Nancy Jenkins
    I put a potted plant below where drip coming from faucet onto tub surface. Put water to use.
  • Karen
    Karen Oakley, MI
    Nancy, that's genius! Love it. I had a hose connection on my sump pump that dripped very slowly, but it did make the basement floor wet and showed some rust stain. So I tied a long piece of heavy cord around the pipe and let the drip down the cord and
  • MarcioWilges
    MarcioWilges Australia
    Rust removal is definitely not my forte as I know I have had issues with the process for years now. So far I have used bleach, cider vinegar and other chemicals suggested by friends and family. However, they do not get the job done even after harsh
  • Kim Walther
    I have used a cleaner called spar clean got it at store that business usually get there things. You would not believe if you squirt it in toilet leave set there is not much scrubbing. I thought it was a miracle cleaner. Should use gloves it's strong
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